Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a rally in Columbus, Ohio this afternoon, his first event of the week following a weekend of negative press and criticism from those in his own party.
Trump’s event will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It can be viewed in the embedded YouTube player via Right Side Broadcasting.
Trump is headed to Ohio after spending last week in Colorado, another battleground state. Ohio is currently neck and neck between Clinton and Trump, with a recent poll from Public Policy Polling showing the candidates tied at 45 percent to 45 percent. At least three other polls released over the past month have showed Clinton and Trump tied, and Real Clear Politics’ polling average for Ohio is currently 42.6 percent Clinton, 41.8 percent Trump.
Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, recently made a campaign stop in Ohio, appearing in Cleveland over the weekend.
During his Columbus rally, Trump will almost certainly address the recent controversy surrounding his feud with the parents of a deceased U.S. soldier. Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week to criticize Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. In response, Trump attacked Ghazala Khan, mother of veteran Ghazala Khan, implying in an interview that Ghazala did not speak at the DNC because of her Muslim faith.
“She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say,” Trump said.
Ghazala Khan later said that the reason she did not speak at the DNC was because she becomes too emotional when trying to talk about her late son.
Many of those within Trump’s own party have rebuked his attacks on the parents of a U.S. soldier. John McCain issued a statement on Monday denouncing Trump’s remarks and praising the heroism of Humayun Khan.